How to Turn a Door into an Upholstered Headboard

A headboard is certainly not a requirement for any bedroom set, so it tends to get overlooked. And while, true, you don’t NEED one necessarily, a headboard adds a completed feeling to your bedroom, acting as a classy focal point of the room. The real downside to headboards? The price. Finding the perfect headboard can be difficult and expensive…so why not re-purpose your own? This DIY will show you how to take an old door from junk to something beautiful for your bed! And it can all be done for under $200! Watch the video below to see how.

This is a project that I have very much been searching for myself. My bedroom feels incomplete and empty without some semblance of a headboard. But spending an extra $500 to $1,000 on a piece of mahogany to go behind my head while I sleep…yeah, no thank you.

I love this DIY because of how simple and cheap it is! This headboard is within my budget, easy enough for anyone to accomplish, and comes out with a cuter result than most store-bought headboards I’ve found.

– A reclaimed door
– Wooden trim
– Sander/sand paper
– Rag
– Paint
– Brushes/Rollers
– Hammer and nails
– Foam
– Batting
– Fabric
– Fabric glue
– Mounting hardware

STEP 1: Measure the length and height of your door so you can accurately cut your trim. Or bring the measurements to the hardware store and have them cut it there.
STEP 2: Sand down the entire surface of your door using a sander or strips of sand paper. Make sure to wipe the door down after sanding.
STEP 3: Paint the whole door. Try to use a paint with primer built-in. Apply a second coat if necessary.
STEP 4: Once dry, nail your wooden trim to the outside edges of your door.
STEP 5: Begin to upholster the panels of the door. Start with a cut-to-size piece of foam in each section, followed by a cut-to-size piece of batting, and a cut-to-size piece of fabric on top.
STEP 6: Fold the fabric over the batting and use a staple gun to staple everything into the door.
STEP 7: Using fabric glue, glue fabric trim to the edges of your upholstery to hide the staples.
STEP 8: Install mounting hardware behind your bed to screw the headboard into your wall.

What do you think of this DIY? Have your made your own headboard? Tell us how in the comments section below.